Manifesta 11, Zürich, 2016
Some demonstrations is a performance constructed out of individual instructions given by a set of contemporary artists. This work by Charlie Stein proposes parallels between a demonstration and a performance in the public sphere.
1. Instead of a crowd, there is only one person.
2. Instead of demonstrating for her own cause, the performer will demonstrate someone else’s
3. These causes come from a set of individual contemporary artists.
4. These causes are transmitted to the performer in form of instructions or visuals.
5. The performer will attempt to be a blank space.
6. The instructions function like a script.
7. The performance is an interpretation of the instruction.
8. Each demonstration takes place in the public sphere and lasts for a specific period of time
decided by the performing artist.
9. Every performance will be documented with a single photograph.
10. The autonomy of the performer ends, where the autonomy of another person begins.
Tjorg Beer, Andy Best, Mike Bouchet, Birgit Brenner, Ceal Floyer, Ryan Gander, Lori Hersberger, Gregor Hildebrandt, Jaša, Mohammed Kazem, Liz Magic Laser, Sarah Lüdemann, Miao Xiaochun, Orlán, Jan-Hendrik Pelz, Pipilotti Ristorante, Stefan Römer, Römer+Römer, Nina E. Schönefeld, Santiago Sierra, Thaddeus Strode, Ryan Trecartin, Costa Vece and Jorinde Voigt
Ceal Floyer: Untitled (Shrug)
Ryan Gander: All Artists Are Socialists Until They See An Artist With A House Bigger Than Theirs.
Miao Xiao Chun: A Grassroot
Andy Best: Snail Protest
Orlan: Petition Against Death
Mike Bouchet: Leave Verbs Alone
Jorinde Voigt: Private Artist
Gregor Hildebrandt: Sie weiss und sie lächelt
Birgit Brenner: The Dictator Decides
Costa Vece: Sono Povero